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Hip Arthroscopy in Young Athletes

By Dr. Katherine Coyner Many parents are surprised to learn that adolescents can experience hip disorders. There are, in fact, a number of disorders that can cause children pain during everyday activities and limit their ability to participate in sports. Conditions In patients age 18 and under, we see conditions ranging from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis…

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Choosing the Right Doctor for Your Child

By Dr. Katherine Coyner An educated parent is an empowered parent. The more you know about your child’s medical conditions, the better positioned you will be to choose the right doctor for your child. How To Check Credentials Doctors are increasingly being put to the test. Experts have developed practice guidelines detailing how physicians should…

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When Should My Young Athlete See a Physical Therapist?

By Karen Wojcik, DPT, OCS, ATC Did you know that physical therapy can help with everyday aches and pains, as well as injuries that happen more suddenly? Physical therapy can help your young athlete with a wide range of aches and pains that are caused by muscles, ligaments, tendons, or illness. Exercise, hands-on techniques, and…

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7 Guidelines for Injury Prevention

By Dr. Deena Casiero   Injury prevention is a hot topic for athletes at every level. Everyone wants to know: How do I train harder, run faster, and get stronger without putting my body at increased risk for injury? Not all injuries are preventable, but by following these seven guidelines you can certainly reduce muscle…

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The Danger of Sexual Predators in Sports

By Dr. Anthony Alessi The recent conviction and sentencing of Larry Nassar should be a reminder to all that vigilance is necessary to protect children from predators. More importantly, Nassar violated an established trust between a patient and physician. This and other recent episodes of abuse have also shattered the faith placed in organizations and universities…

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New Concussion Blood Test Shows Promise

By Dr. Anthony Alessi   A concussion is brain trauma brought on by a biomechanical force. It consists of a group of neurological symptoms that impair the patient for a variable amount of time. The symptoms are often not immediately obvious to the patient or an observer, making the diagnosis of a concussion challenging. The…

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Improper Use of Smelling Salts A Growing Concern

By Dr. Anthony Alessi   Athletes are always looking for an edge that will improve performance. Often these efforts are ill-advised and at times harmful. One practice that has become popular among high-level athletes is the use of smelling salts to increase alertness. Smelling salts consist of spirits of ammonia. The use of smelling salts…

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Hand & Wrist Injuries in Youth Sports

By Dr. Anthony Alessi Youth sports injuries have become a topic of concern for physicians, coaches, and athletes. The biggest fear centers on how these injuries will affect a child’s growth and intellectual abilities. Among the injuries that have raised the most interest is concussion, but a recent study published this month in the medical…

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As Cheerleading Evolves, Injuries Continue to Rise

By Dr. Anthony Alessi   The controversy over whether cheerleading should be classified as a sport or an activity is ongoing. One thing that is not disputed is that cheerleaders are athletes with athletic injuries. Cheerleading first became prominent in the late 19th century in Ivy League schools. In the 1920s, it became more common…

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Specialization & Overuse Injuries in Young Athletes

By Dr. Katherine Coyner Author Malcolm Gladwell contends that it takes 10,000 hours of “deliberate practice” to truly master a skill. While this may be true, it’s not without consequence for young athletes. Children are beginning to specialize in a single sport at younger ages. With this specialization, we see an increase in overuse injuries…

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